Day in history for May 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that some persons who visit the grave yards are accustomed to pluck twigs and buds from the shrubbery and rose bushes around the graves. We hope we shall not be obliged to publish the names of those who thus treat the graves of the dead.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, Rev. T.H. Hench officiated morning and evening at the Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. John P. Looney died at the family residence, 1635 20th St., Rock Island, last night. She was born in Ireland and was 40 years old. She was married in 1892 to John P. Looney and came to Rock Island with her husband in 1899.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles E. Johnson, sales manager for the local division of the Rock Island Plow Co., resigned. He was replaced by W.T. O'Hare.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The location of Davenport's proposed new television station still was in doubt after strong opposition developed at a city zoning commission hearing. Property owners appeared in force at the hearing on Zenith Corporation's application to build a station on the west side of Lincoln Ave. between 10th and 11th St.

1978 -- 25 years ago
East Moline residents who live on corner lots where hedges and other foliage stand tall had better prime their hedge clippers. Aldermen voted 7-5 to draw up an ordinance limiting the height of hedges and other obstacles near street corners to three feet.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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